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Saudi Shiites call for `day of anger` in kingdom

Last Updated: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 22:56

Dubai: Cyber activists have created a
group on Facebook calling for a "Day of Anger" tomorrow in the
eastern Shiite-majority Saudi region, following the arrest of
a Shiite cleric.

The group of more than 500 members is calling for
protests after Friday prayers in Al-Hufuf, in Eastern
Province`s Al-Ihsaa governorate, to demand the release of
Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amer.

Amer was arrested after calling for a
"constitutional monarchy" in the Sunni-dominated kingdom,
according to the Rasid website, which specialises in Shiite
Saudi news.

It said that Amer has been held several times in
the ultra-conservative absolute monarchy over his calls "for
giving Shiites further freedom to exercise their religious

The Shiites, who are mainly concentrated in the
oil-rich Eastern Province, and make up about 10 per cent of
the Saudi population as a whole, complain of marginalisation
in the kingdom.

The Eastern Province has common borders with
Shiite-majority Bahrain, where protests, also organised via
social networking site Facebook, against the ruling Sunni
dynasty have raged since February 14 demanding reforms.


First Published: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 22:56

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